Sermon Note (3rd svc)
Pastor Judah Smith
Maybe u have a habit a thought process you know is not right, but you keep doing over and over. Maybe is something no one knows about.
Jesus is the Answer.
You will overcome this area. Jesus can break any cycle. He can set us free from any cycle
Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Pastor has been struggling with anger.
He loves golf.
When it comes to growing and maturing, there are are still areas in our lives we are stuck.
When we know we have weakness we tend to search someone who is worse than us. It will makes us feel better.
When you find someone’s fault you feel better yourself.
The problem with this, we find people that are better than us too.
It hurts us more than help us.
Stuck in a cycle. Stuck in a lifestyle that is unhealthy.
The two men on the cross with Jesus, they could have started stealing long before they are on the cross.
This habit was so developed they could not stop it.
This is extreme case of someone who was stuck in their cycle.
In his life few hours of life, he perceived someone next to him on the cross is worse than him.
He perceived Jesus as someone worse than him and even think he is God.
And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
Both criminals believed Jesus was worse than them.
Doctor Luke was detail.
He will tell us details we don’t get elsewhere
At some point one of the thief changed
The other thief became a believer after a few hours, just by watching Him die
Whatever he saw was so overwhelming. He went from mocking Jesus to say to the other thief Jesus has done nothing wrong.
Just watching Jesus die on the cross could change your mind and change your life
Luke 23:34 TPT
While they were nailing Jesus to the cross, he prayed over and over, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.”
The soldiers, after they crucified him, gambled over his clothing.
One of the most tender moments, the thief said to Jesus, he called Him with the highest title. King, Lord, could You remember me?
Today you will be with me in paradise
This man whole cycle of stealing had been changed. He did not try harder. He just witnessed Jesus.
What transcended the thief’s pain was what he saw Jesus on the cross
God can never forget you
You are always on His mind
He is constantly thinking about you
He has thoughts not to harm us or to hurt us or to shame us. His thoughts towards us are to prosper you, give you a future and hope
He cannot forget you. You are His baby.
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
He is watching over us. He is so proud of us.
And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
The holy spirit never stop praying for you
He has been praying over and over about what we have been struggling over and over
You can be changed by Jesus
We have many things but we see one area in our life and think Jesus can’t change.
He can fix it!
We need His ℓσνє and power
You are not defined by your sin
We are who we are by the grace of God
This is where the power is!
I need You. Jesus
Overwhelm me with You
Open your eyes to see Jesus
He is not mad at you
May our hearts burn within us. Show us who Jesus is
There is now no condemnation
We are now the righteousness of God in Christ